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Coming This Weekend - August 22-24 - The Color Wheel
Author: 5th Avenue Cinema
Posted: August 21, 2014


(2011 Alex Ross Perry)

FORMAT: 35mm film
RUNTIME: 83 minutes
WHEN: Friday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 23rd @ 7:00pm and 9:30pm; Sunday, August 24th @ 3pm
WHERE: 5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
ADMISSION: FREE for PSU Students, Faculty, Staff & Alumni with ID; $3 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $4 General Admission

Alex Ross Perry's black-and-white road trip comedy follows bickering brother and sister duo Colin (Perry) and JR (Carlen Altman, who has a co-writing credit) as they travel across the country when JR decides to move. Perry's previous credit was the trippy, quasi-Gravity's Rainbow adaptation IMPOLEX, which meandered along the festival circuit in search of cult appeal. The Color Wheel has plenty of that offbeat style but much more accessibility, being a sheer delight of sarcasm and uneasy wit. As Colin and JR continually trade barbs about each other and disgust everyone they encounter, Perry creates a blend of physical discomfort and awkward comedy unseen since Ronald Bronstein's "Frownland." (Perhaps not coincidentally, the two movies share a cinematographer, Sean Price Williams, whose grainy photography in "The Color Wheel" enhances the uncomfortable mood.) Perry has the irascible screen presence of a subversive Michael Cera, but his sub-literary persona suggests Woody Allen trapped in a nightmarish midnight movie. JR's former flame, a journalism professor played by filmmaker Bob Byington, accurately concludes that Colin is "a pathetic wreck of postgraduate stereotyping." Like everything else in The Color Wheel (especially its unnerving conclusion), the pronouncement teeters on the edge between comic put-down and tragic reality.  -Eric Kohn - Indiewire

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